Meet the GIRLS!!

We are five crazily obnoxious smart and classy ladies who have an obsession with books.

What can I say, I like to read books. A lot. So much so, that my husband and children constantly have to remind me of their names and position in the family (I have a habit of confusing them with literary characters). I also tend to have a droll sense of humor that leans a bit on the dry side. One should never take me serious unless I’m sporting my “serious” magnum face.

brass tacks: I am reader, writer, footballer & talker who serves on the YALSA Teen Read Week Committee 2013, YALSA Summer Reading Taskforce 2013, YAK Fest committee and the hospitality committee for Austin Teen Book Festival.


Books make me happy. Great books *wink wink* make me ecstatic. I’m a giggling and sarcastic kind of gal who brings the fun to parties.  I like sushi, the color pink, and making silly videos.

Oh, and talking.  I love to talk. It’s my favorite.





In a former life I was an aircraft interior designer, now I am a stay at home mom who is never home.  My life revolves around my family, PTA meetings, Cub and Girl Scout meetings, and reading!  My two wonderful kids love to read also, and we share books and read together often.  As a child, reading was my outlet, my escape, my passion … and as an adult it is also now my ”me” time.  I read … a lot.  Me, me, me!



I have been a high school English teacher for the last twelve years and one of my favorite parts of the job is matching my students with books that speak to them, so they too can learn/deepen their joy of reading (yeah reading!!).  I have to be well read to make this magic happen; however, I do not often sit down, so I listen to books while driving, cooking, cleaning, etc.  I also love great vocabulary, fun necklaces, the environment, and meeting YA authors (in addition to loving my hubby and son of course).



I spend my days as a department manager for a public library who is in charge of an awesome YA collection.  But my “dirty” little secret is that I’m a bibliophile!  I adore books – the look and feel of them, and yes, even the smell!  (And now you can try to not picture me with my nose literally stuck in a book, inhaling those pages!)  I have a huge collection of books and I’m always adding to it, since I’m a voracious reader.  Lately, I can’t get enough YA lit and for some odd reason, steampunk novels and the occasional Regency romance.  When I’m not reading, you can find me hanging out with my fabulous husband, playing with my three cats, walking in parks, snapping photos, and listening to music.

I currently review books professionally for VOYA (Voices of Youth Advocates) and was appointed to the 2012-2013 YALSA Great Books Giveaway Jury.  I’m a library nerd, I can’t help it!